- Make sure to change your baby's diaper often so wetness doesn't have a chance of setting in.
- Rinse their bottom with warm water, or use mild baby wipes without alcohol, or cotton balls soaked in warm water.
- Gently pat dry - never rub your baby's skin.
- Let your baby air dry and go without a diaper when possible.
- Make sure you are using the right size diaper that isn't too tight and is absorbent enough for their age.
- Eliminate potential allergens like added fragrance from lotions or ointments. Instead, use simple zinc-oxide based creams to create a barrier between baby's skin and moisture.
- If your baby is put on antibiotics ask your doctor about including a probiotic supplement during the course of treatment to help prevent a yeast infection from developing.
Keep a food diary as you introduce new foods one at a time and be sure to look for signs of rash within three days of each new food.
Antibiotics, new skin products, and prolonged time between diaper changes can also cause diaper rash to form.
Following the preventative measures aimed at keeping moisture and exposure to irritants to a minimum will definitely help keep the red angry rash at bay. However, diaper rash happens to even the most vigilant parents and caregivers. Be sure to treat it right away and baby's skin will be clear in no time!
By Rebecca Levey for Huggies.com